Which apps am I using? AKA using the apps you’ve already paid for

Managing a budget but being into apps is proving a little more difficult these days. With more and more apps switching to subscriptions I’m torn on what to use. I looked back at my entire purchase history on iOS and whittled the apps I will use down into two categories

  1. What have I already paid for and isn’t a paid subscription?
  2. What’s free and good?

Now straight away I’ll say you don’t get something for nothing so (2) really means, what’s built into iOS.

I’ve chosen to not pay for any app that requires a monthly outgoing as I have so much uncertainty about my monthly income at the moment.

Here’s what I’ve settled on

  • Apple Calendar: the app is absolutely fine for my use. I use it as the widget and just to track what I have on my plate each week. I don’t need complexity or even create a lot of events.
  • Apple Notes: I used Bear a lot yesterday but can’t justify keeping a paid subscription just because I like their tagging system. Apple Notes themselves are flexible and let me store or write in any format I want.
  • Things 3: Apple Reminders has let me down too many times, OmniFocus is too fiddly and Things 3 whilst not fully supporting accessibility is enough for me. I’ve already paid across all platforms and the iOS 14 updates have been great so far.
  • Apple Mail: Sometimes following a mail chain with lots of threads is tricky but other than that it works great for me.
  • Amazon Music: Technically a paid app but I spent 99p on 4 months of use, I’m starting to prefer the app over Apple Music too. There are always offers like this one (you’ll be supporting the site).
  • Streaks: To track a few wellbeing habits I’d like to implement, already paid up front.

That’s my core apps that allows me to keep getting stuff done.

Which of these do you use?

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